Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

ForgivenDuke_large-221x337Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

jamiecarie_smallWhen she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything.

Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.

The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.

When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast. Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

Heidi Says . . . I previously reviewed the first book in this series, The Guardian Duke.  In that review, I shared that the book ended in a MAJOR cliff-hanger – with the two main characters just finally crossing paths at the very end of the book!  I was anxious for the 2nd book in the series to come out (this summer); so I was excited for the opportunity to get a sneak peek at it (by receiving the ARC to review). 

Once again, I must compliment Ms. Carie on her portrayal of these characters and their personalities.  They are so multi-dimensional in nature, that you feel as if you really know them.  I felt almost like a sideline spectator, cheering them on ‘til they finally got to the point where they met each other. Then, from there to the end of the  book, I was cheering for them to just get together already!  This book had a bit more closure at the end!  Phew!

Now, I can live ‘til Book 3 – A Duke’s Promise – comes out later this year!

You can learn more about Jamie and ALL HER BOOKS by visiting her website.

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I have one copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader!  If you’d like to win, please simply leave a comment – any comment – on this post.  I’ll select a random winner this Thursday, April 26th, at noon (est). 

NOTE: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Kym Thorpe said...

I loved the first book too - and have been anxiously awaiting the second one!  Would love to win it... ;-)

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